Moyes delighted by battling United

first_img Disappointed Stoke boss Hughes believes his side deserved to hang on for at least a point after an heroic effort to end a winless run at Old Trafford stretching back to 1976. Hughes said: “I do think it was unjust, in terms of what we produced, the effort we put in and the chances we created. “I certainly felt in the first half we could have been three or 4-1 to the good in terms of chances created. I didn’t think United created much apart from the key moments that took the game away from us. “We’re really disappointed given the level of performance we produced. We had a game plan which needed commitment, it needed people to be brave and do the hard yards that affected the game, and that’s what we did. “I thought my players were excellent, they took the game to United and really shook them.” David Moyes hailed the fighting spirit of his Manchester United side as they twice hit back from behind to beat Stoke 3-2 in an Old Trafford thriller. But Moyes’ substitutions paid off with Hernandez providing the inspiration for United when he headed home Patrice Evra’s cross just two minutes after Rooney had flicked his side back level. Moyes said: “I thought with 15 to 20 minutes to go the supporters were terrific – they drove the team on and they played a big part in getting the result. “I thought in the end we had to go for it. I thought we did a lot of good things but an awful lot of really poor things that put us in the situation we were in. “We got ourselves back in the game just before half-time only to concede from a poor, poor free-kick. “That got us going in at half-time on a downer but I said at half-time your job is to win the game and you’re more than capable of doing it. We needed the substitutes and they made a big difference.” Moyes’ relief was evident after a tumultuous first period in which the visitors attacked with strength and purpose and ought to have extended their lead, Crouch spooning over the bar and Jonathan Walters bringing a brilliant save out of David De Gea. Moyes added: “We needed our goalkeeper to make an extraordinary save again in the first half but that’s what he’s in the team for. “At times our play was good but we just couldn’t find the final ball. But the three centre forwards we had on the pitch scored a goal and that was pleasing.” Late goals from Wayne Rooney and substitute Javier Hernandez ensured Moyes’ men narrowly avoided more disappointment after recent home setbacks against West Brom and Southampton. Mark Hughes’ visitors had made a mockery of their paltry goalscoring record so far this season by taking a third-minute lead through Peter Crouch and going straight back in front through a Marko Arnautovic free-kick after Robin van Persie had equalised for the home side. Press Associationlast_img read more

Recovery act: After 2-year postseason ban, USC back in national championship hunt

first_imgOn Jan. 10, 2009, Pete Carroll stepped down as USC head coach. The resignation started a period of turmoil for the Trojans.Rumors had been swirling of potential NCAA sanctions for USC. On June 10, they became official. Both Southern California and the NCAA found that 2005 Heisman Trophy-winning running back Reggie Bush received gifts from an agent, thereby forfeiting his amateur status.Bush was forced to return his Heisman, but he was already in the NFL. The bigger issue was for USC.The storied program vacated its final two games of the 2004 season, including its national championship, and all of its wins in 2005. The Trojans were also banned from postseason play in both 2010 and 2011, and were docked scholarships for three seasons.On Saturday, No. 2 USC (1-0) will meet Syracuse (0-1) inside MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. But the past penalties continue to swirl around USC, as it will play with 75 scholarship players instead of the typically allotted 85 this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt hasn’t mattered for USC as of yet. The Trojans entered the season ranked No. 1 in the country and are among the favorites to win their first national championship since — technically — 2003.But not everyone is buying the hype.“They’re certainly talented,” Sports Illustrated college sports writer Pete Thamel said. “But I worry that depth may catch up to them this year a little bit and I’m not sold on their defense.”Overall, though, the general consensus seems to be that the hype is justified for USC. Even Thamel said he believes they are in the national championship conversation.The sanctions could have crippled USC, but the Trojans have already bounced back to become a national threat once again.In 2009, USC started a true freshman quarterback for the first time in program history. Matt Barkley joined the Trojans with lofty expectations as Rivals.com’s No. 5 overall prospect and ESPN’s top prospect. That season, Barkley led Southern California to a 9-4 record and an Emerald Bowl victory over Boston College.But Carroll left for the Seattle Seahawks during the ensuing offseason. Lane Kiffin left the University of Tennessee and returned to his alma mater to take over as head coach.The NCAA handed down its sanctions and allowed all USC players to transfer without penalty. Barkley could have been one of them.But what he would do was never in doubt.“I never questioned my loyalty to this school, never thought I was going to leave,” Barkley said in a teleconference Tuesday. “It never crossed my mind once.”Instead, the Trojans used the two sanction-ridden seasons as growing experiences. Everyone who stuck around at USC did so knowing that, for two seasons, there would be no postseason glory.What that fostered was a tight-knit group that puts individual goals in the backseat.“We have a very close team,” Kiffin said in the teleconference. “I think they’re very unselfish. I think we have so many nationally star players, nationally recognized players that it creates pressure for stats on kids, but our kids aren’t like that.”Southern California showed that last Saturday.In USC’s season-opening 49-10 victory over Hawaii, starting running back Curtis McNeal carried the ball just five times, and preseason Heisman Trophy candidate wide receiver Robert Woods had just six catches. For a team hoping to take full advantage of its bowl eligibility, the win was all that mattered.Still, Barkley continued to grow into his role as one of the nation’s best college quarterbacks. After guiding the Trojans to a solid 8-5 record in 2010, Barkley led Southern California back onto the national stage in 2011.Despite spending nearly half the season unranked, USC finished the season No. 6 in its final season of bowl ineligibility.That could have been the end of the Barkley era in Los Angeles.The quarterback likely would have been a Top-10, if not Top-five, pick had he left for the NFL following his junior season. When his left tackle, Matt Kalil, declared for the NFL Draft on Dec. 16, 2011, many expected Barkley to follow.Six days later, Barkley held a press conference to announce his decision. The quarterback presented his head coach with a Christmas ornament featuring a picture of the two of them with the words “One more year” written on the back.“The fact that we couldn’t play the last couple years in the postseason had a lot more to do with it,” Barkley said of his decision to return for his senior season. “Just knowing the team we have this year and how special these guys are, and the talent level and really the character of these guys and how bad they want it, how hard they were willing to work, I saw that at the end of last year and I didn’t want to miss out on it.”While Barkley’s had the chance to play in a bowl game, most of his teammates are still waiting for their opportunity. For players like tight end Randall Telfer, this is the moment they’ve been waiting for since they set foot on USC’s campus.A redshirt sophomore, Telfer arrived at Southern California knowing that he would be unable to play in a bowl game during his first two seasons. But after two seasons of watching games from home in December and January, the Trojans are expected to be playing at the end of the season.“It’s definitely a big deal,” Telfer said. “This is what I came to USC for.”And for roughly half of the Southern California student body, 2012 is the first chance they have to see the Trojans play in the postseason.Telfer says the feeling around campus is noticeably different this season from a year ago because of the expectations and anticipation for the postseason.“We’ve got a lot of support coming from students, staff, faculty,” Tefler said. “So it just starts with family, community, and there’s lots of excitement in the community.”But right now, the focus for USC isn’t the past two seasons, nor is it the national championship, which isn’t until Jan. 7, 2013.For now, the Trojans are taking an approach of one game at a time. There’s still a long way to go until the postseason, and Barkley doesn’t want to let his final chance at a bowl game slip away.“Nothing’s set in stone, you’ve got to work for it,” Barkley said. “That’s a long way away, January’s a long way away. We know that it’s really going to take one game at a time.“We knew that it’s going to be a long haul.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 5, 2012 at 2:22 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

New high school exit exam results out today

first_imgWHITTIER – Area high school districts learn today how their students performed on the statewide exit exam as the California Department of Education releases results of tests taken this school year. Last year, all three Whittier-area districts — Norwalk-La Mirada Unified, Whittier Union High School, and El Rancho Unified — had at least 90 percent of their students pass the test, which all high school students are now required to pass for graduation. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Qantas staff smooth on turbulent flight

first_imgTerrified passengers onboard a Qantas flight from London on Sunday that hit a pocket of turbulence have praised staff for their response.The flight experienced severe turbulence on route to Singapore when many passengers were walking freely through the plane.  Four people were hospitalised and others left injured according to ABC News.Passengers said the seatbelt sign was activated only moments before the A380 dropped violently, and those who were strapped in also became airborne.”It was pretty scary. We literally went up to the roof. Many people weren’t in seatbelts,” one passenger said.”Everything went flying high in the air, and for those that were in the loos, their heads hit the ceiling, so a bit scary,” another passenger said.Passengers praised the staff who were quick to check on the safety of passengers and calm everyone down. The captain is also reported to have come out and speak to everyone individually, talking to the children onboard about what happened and why. The plane remained in Singapore overnight with passengers put up in accommodation before continuing on to Sydney. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

Bruce Arians shakes Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan

first_imgBruce Arians shakes Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn’s hand after the Arizona Cardinals’ 38-19 loss on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. (Associated Press) Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians meets the media the day after every game, often times explaining injury situations as well as anything else he may have seen the day before.Here in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight some of the most notable quotes from his session, which comes after the team’s 38-19 loss against the Atlanta Falcons that dropped Arizona to 4-6-1. LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo On facing a situation like this as a head coach and what it is doing to him:“Those six years at Temple, they got me accustomed to a hell of a lot of stuff. So, I’ve been addressing people about this for a really long time. It really doesn’t change. As a coordinator, you are still responsible for half of the team, and when you go through rough spots, it’s your half. This is my whole team, and if there is one thing that’s disheartening is that we are not as physical as I wish we were.”On how disappointing is it that guys are trying to get on the stat sheet instead of doing their job:“That’s the selfishness instead of selflessness that has crept in.”On what allows selfishness to creep in:“That’s an individual thing.”On if the lack of physical play can translate into the team not being as tough as he wants them:“Yes and no. It’s a matter of running balls on you in goal line defense. You just don’t allow people to run the ball. You let them throw it in, but you just don’t allow them to run it in, and they ran it in twice. That’s where we set the tempo in training camp.”On if it is disturbing that they got to Matt Ryan at the beginning of the third quarter and that was it: On the road games being difficult:“Really good first half in three of them, and not coming out and finishing or playing well in the second half has been a common theme.”On the message to the team being to focus on one game at a time:“Just win this week and we’ll keep adding them up. You can’t look at big pictures right now. It is just too crazy of a season for everybody. You just have to win this week, and this is a hell of an opponent.”On his thoughts on the Washington Redskins:“Right now, they are probably playing as well offensively as anybody in the league. Kirk (Cousins) is playing at a high level. They’ve got (Robert) Kelley, the young back, looks awesome, those two tight ends and the three wideouts. They have an arsenal of weapons. I don’t know about (Jordan) Reed’s availability yet, but I’d imagine he will play. It’s too big of a game.”On if downfield accuracy is the biggest development in Kirk Cousins:“I think he’s always had that. I think it’s getting the ball out of his hand and not getting sacked. He sees the field extremely well. He’s a football junkie.”On how Carson Palmer is feeling:“Probably like he got hit by a truck. That’s two weeks in a row he got hit too many times.” ErrorOK ErrorOK“Yeah, we were close. They were doing a very, very good job of doing a lot of play action, getting him out of the pocket and throwing it very quick. When they tried to throw it down the field, we normally either got to him or broke it up. They had a really nice designed play to get him out on the deep comeback that they got on Pat (Peterson). That was probably the only ball Pat gave up over 10 yards.”On if Atlanta reminds him of the Cardinals last year:“Yes and no. We never have (bootlegged) that much, but they have some really good weapons. Matty (Ryan) is playing extremely well.”On David Johnson not factoring as much in the second half and if it has to do with changing the game plan:“We started the second half with the same plays. They just didn’t work. The first bootleg we don’t block properly and we have to throw it away. We ran the same play and we got nothing, so as you fall behind, he is going to catch a lot of passes.”On his mindset for the rest of the season:“Really it is just this week. You just take them one at a time. I think once we win one, we’ll be fine. I think we’ll add them up at nine and I think you have a great shot still because we’re going to be playing some of those teams that are going to be in the same spot we’re in. We just have to win one. I don’t look at big pictures until the whole season is over. To think we would try to lose games to get a better draft choice is absolutely asinine. I don’t know who would ever do that.” He began with an opening statement:“After reviewing the film, it’s probably just like yesterday when we talked. It’s always four or five plays that determine outcomes of games. We didn’t make those four or five plays again. The best start we’ve had offensively followed up by allowing them to score right behind you. That’s very disheartening, to be able to get off to the type of start we want to get off to and then let them answer. The second drive should have been a touchdown — one of those plays, we just don’t catch the snap from center and we don’t walk in on a running play for a touchdown. We end up with a 3rd and 15 instead of a touchdown, so we kick a field goal. When you’re on the road, those four points always matter, and it was just a matter of catching the snap and handing it off. Same thing defensively, we had the interception; D.J. (Swearinger) catches balls one-handed every day and tried to take off running with it. I thought defensively we had some guys get out of their lane again and try to do too much, tried to get on the stat sheet instead of just doing their job. Corey Peters was outstanding. He played 35 plays and had 35 pluses and four tackles, whatever his stat line was. That was the example I used to the rest of them; if you do your job, you’ll be on the stat sheet. The only stat that matters is winning and losing, and right now we’re not making the critical plays to win games and it’s got to be corrected soon. Injury-wise there is nothing to report.” On Carson Palmer playing better when he’s not under pressure:“I thought he played great. The last interception, he just had to throw the damn thing somewhere.”On Patrick Peterson’s knee:“It’s sore. There is nothing structurally damaged. So we’ll see how it goes.”On David Johnson’s hand:“He just dislocated a finger. It’s OK.” – / 24 On if he’s surprised that players are still not doing their job:“I’m very surprised. We’ve been talking about it for four weeks and the veterans obviously haven’t done anything about it, so maybe young guys will step up and make the opportunity they need.”On what corrections can be made that have not already been tried:“Biggest thing is to catch the ball. Me, personally, I don’t think there is anything, because we’ve been in position – after reviewing it, you always start with the coaching. Why we weren’t as physical as I thought we should’ve been is a question, because we did not hit last week, but we need to be more physical. The penalties, they are what they are. A.Q. Shipley got a huge holding penalty when he could’ve just blocked the guy. Just block him; you don’t throw him on the ground. That’s an 18-yard run and we are off and running again, and those are the kind of silly mistakes we have to stop.”On why the great preparation and practice hasn’t carried over to the games:“I would probably make a million if I could answer that because I could sell it to a bunch of coaches. I don’t know because preparation is usually the key to success, and we have had a month of great practices, preparation, guys pass tests. They do everything that they are asked to do. But it’s not translating on those four or five plays. It is throughout the game, and right now we’ve got ourselves behind the eight ball in the fourth quarter having to throw, and our offensive line cannot handle that.” 0 Comments   Share   On if he senses that there is a lack of intensity or urgency:“No. I would say that if we were having poor practices. I think if anything it’s the reverse of trying too hard, pressing, trying, especially defensively, trying to make a play. Offensively, it is just a matter of throwing it and catching it. But, then when you get behind you have to protect your quarterback better.”On his thoughts on the offensive line:“I thought for three quarters they were very, very good for their first start out. D.J. (Humphries) played extremely well. I think both the right side guys, (Ulrick) John – that’s probably the first time John has played a game since Georgia State — I thought they got tired. I thought Ulrick got tired and John Wetzel got tired and it showed up out there, so we have to do something about that.”On if he is going to stick with the same offensive line:“Yes.”On if D.J. Humphries at left tackle is something he would consider long term:“We’ll just see how that goes.”On what the biggest problems on defense were:“It was a combination. The two screen passes were just getting them turned back inside — fundamentals, get it turned back inside and guys getting there. We turned the one back inside and missed the tackle, and the other we do not get it turned back inside and let it outside. The last run for a touchdown, there shouldn’t have been anywhere to go. We pushed the whole side back, and the running back made a great cut outside and Junk (Markus Golden) just lost contain.”last_img read more